More Chinese military aircraft spotted near eastern Taiwan

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A Shaanxi Y-8 aircraft. Photograph by Alert5, distributed under a CC BY-SA 4.0 license.

A Shaanxi Y-8 aircraft. Photograph by Alert5, distributed under a CC BY-SA 4.0 license.

Taipei, Aug. 13 (CNA) Two Chinese military surveillance aircraft were seen flying east of Taiwan on Sunday, the third time in August that Chinese military planes were seen near Taiwan, according to Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense.

Two Y-8 aircraft from the People's Liberation Army of China first flew near southern Taiwan, through the Bashi Channel, but remained outside of Taiwan's Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), and continued in a northeastern direction, according to the ministry.

They later flew over the Miyako Strait, accompanied by two Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets, before returning to their base in China, the ministry said.

It was the latest in a series of Chinese military activities close to Taiwan since last month.

On Wednesday, a Y-8 aircraft was detected flying over the Western Pacific Ocean, through the Miyako Strait and into the East China Sea east of Taiwan.

Before that, on Aug. 5, a group of China's Xian H-6K bombers and Y-8 aircraft were seen near Taiwan's ADIZ.

Last month, on July 25, an H-6K bomber flew close to Taiwan's ADIZ, passing through the Bashi Channel and the Miyako Strait before returning to Chinese airspace, according to the ministry.

A few days before that, on July 20, Taiwan scrambled fighter jets as a squadron of eight H-6K bombers and Y-8 aircraft flew past its east and west coasts but remained in international waters.

The Miyako Strait, which lies between the Japanese islands of Miyako and Okinawa, is part of Japan's exclusive economic zone but includes a narrow band of international waters and airspace.

The maneuvers by the Chinese military planes have been closely monitored, according to the ministry.

(By Claudia Liu and Evelyn Kao)
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